This page is a collection of FAQs about our Society, our Website, and our Area.
Tacoma Photographic Society
We usually meet twice a month. First Thursday for Projected Images. Third Thursday for Printed Images.
We usually do not meet in July and August.
We usually meet at Bates Technical College South in Tacoma. Please consult the meeting information in the online calendar post.
Competitions are open to any active member of the Society.
Check the Society Calendar for open competitions.
Check the pages under the Competition Tab: Projection Division; Print Division; Society Competition; for the rules. There are links to past and future competitions on each of those pages.
Members must earn at least one Photographic Point and one Service Point in one year to progress one level.
Members must have exceeded the point threshold as described in the Society Bylaws here.
Photographic Points are earned by entering photographs into competitions – Points are awarded based on the score you receive from a panel of judges in Division Competition and how you place in the Popular Vote for Division and Society Competitions. More details will be found in Article 12 of the Society Bylaws.
Service Points are awarded to members who contribute to the operation of the Society. Points are awarded as described in the Society Bylaws here
Members may earn service points by serving on a committee, helping at an event, or submitting articles to this website.
There are two ways to change your password.
1. On the Login Page – click Lost your password? at the bottom of the login form.
2. On the My Membership Page – go to the bottom of the page and fill in the form.
Log in with your username or old email. Navigate to the Membership > My Membership Page
Complete the form. Note that all fields with a * after the field name are required. You must complete them.
There is a page, Juried Competition Steps, which provides the step by step process that a judge uses for scoring competition images. The actual score given to an image is decided based on the Society’s Judging Criteria, and the opinion of the Judge.
The Society selects members who are recognized to have a good eye and are known to provide impartial opinions of the work of our members.
Hot Photo Spots
Some places where our members bring home great images
The iconic Museum of Glass, the fountains, Foss Waterway, the Washington Museum of History, the Federal Courthouse, the UW Tacoma Campus – and so much more!
Many a prize-winning photo has been captured here be it in the Rose Garden or the Zoo.
No visit to the area is complete without a visit to this park.
* Alpine Wildflowers in late July – August
* Night photography – milky way – from Sunrise
* Spectacular Mountains
This set of FAQs are visible to Admins, Editors and Authors only. They provide a quick reference on how to do things to this website. Ideally, the short answer links to a post which provides a more detailed answer. All these posts will be found under the category: Procedures.
If the answer to the question is not complete, it may be that the Procedure post has not been written yet.
A competition has the following states:
1. Created, but not started
2. Open for Entries
3. Open for Judging by a Jury
4. Open for Popular Vote
5. Closed and Complete
The procedure for creating a competition is found on this article: How to create a competition
Opening a competition for entries is an automatic process. The competition schedule is set when it is created. Members may upload entries to this website on the date set into the competition software. More information may be found in this article: How to create a competition
A competition is closed for entry automatically at the end of the day scheduled when the competition was created. For TPS additional steps are required. This article steps through the procedure: How to Close a Competition for Entry and Open it for Judging
Judging is the process where a panel of judges review all images in a competition and assign a score to each image.
Judging closes on the date scheduled in the competition configuration. This is automatic.
Before the competition can be opened for Popular Vote, the competition must be reconfigured. The procedural steps for this process can be found in this article:
When the competition was created, it was configured with an end date. The competition will close to all new activity when on that end date. This is an automatic process.
In preparation for the Society Division Meeting, the results must be tabulated, a post created to recognize the winners, and the competition page reconfigured to enable the meeting review process.
This article provides the procedures which must be followed:
The Society uses a plugin called: Photo Contest WordPress Plugin.
The plugin maker documentation is here: https://galleryplugins.com/photo-contest/
The Society does not make any endorsements or recommendations about this plugin, it is the plugin we are currently using.